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Xbox 360 gets original Xbox games from Live Marketplace

Microsoft is releasing a firmware for the Xbox 360 video game console which will allow gamers to download original games from the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Xbox 360 already plays a selection of original Xbox games with its backward-compatibility feature, but soon gamers won’t even need a disc to boot competitive games like Halo, Fable, Psychonauts, and Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge.

In conjunction with its ongoing celebration of the fifth anniversary of Xbox Live, Microsoft today announced that it will be selling those four games, among others, for download from the Xbox Live Marketplace on December 4.

Microsoft will sell the competitive games for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15) each, and the renowned company is promising to marginally expand the original number of games offered over the coming year.

That isn’t the only news Microsoft has to celebrate the anniversary of Xbox Live. Microsoft has announced that it will officially allow Xbox Live users worldwide to download a free game. For 48 hours initially beginning 12:01 AM Eastern time on November 15, members in Korea will be able to download Hexic 2 for free, whereas the rest of the world can grab the board game Carcassonne at no charge.